ViVAXIM® is the only vaccine that helps protect against BOTH hepatitis A and typhoid fever in a single shot.

Preparing for a trip abroad can be hectic. Make quick work of your to-do list! Dual protection with just one dose of ViVAXIM® gives you more time to plan for your next adventure and helps protect you against hepatitis A and typhoid fever for up to 3 years.

WHAT IS ViVAXIM®?

ViVAXIM® is a combination vaccine that helps protect against hepatitis A and typhoid fever, two food- and water-borne diseases that are common risks in many parts of the world.

Individuals travelling to these risk areas should consider receiving ViVAXIM®.

Immunization is an important measure in preventing hepatitis A and typhoid fever but it is not 100% protective. Travellers are advised to practice safe food and water precautions. Ask your healthcare provider about ways to protect yourself from exposure to diseases transmitted by consuming contaminated food and water.

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CAN I BE VACCINATED WITH ViVAXIM®?

ViVAXIM® is indicated for persons 16 years and older.

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WHO SHOULD NOT TAKE ViVAXIM®?

  • Children under 16 years of age
  • Anyone with a known allergy to the vaccine or the container

As with most vaccines, ViVAXIM® should be administered with caution in:

  • Anyone ill with a high fever, serious illness, or a weakened immune system
  • Anyone with a bleeding disorder or taking blood thinning medications
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding women. ViVAXIM® should be given to pregnant women only if clearly needed and following an assessment of the risks and benefits.
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HOW MANY DOSES WILL I NEED BEFORE I DEPART?

Just one. ViVAXIM® offers dual protection against hepatitis A and typhoid fever in a single shot, making it a convenient and logical choice for travellers.

WHEN WILL I NEED ANOTHER HEPATITIS A OR TYPHOID FEVER VACCINATION?

One dose of ViVAXIM® is all that’s required before your departure. However, a second dose is necessary to maintain an adequate level of protection against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. For long-term protection against hepatitis A, you should receive a booster injection of an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine 6 to 36 months after your initial ViVAXIM® vaccine. If you are at continuous risk for typhoid fever, you should receive a second dose of ViVAXIM® 36 months after your first dose. Since the body doesn’t develop long-term protection against typhoid fever, repeat doses of typhoid fever vaccines are required every 3 years to maintain protection. Your healthcare provider can discuss complete dosing information with you.

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WHEN SHOULD I GET VACCINATED, AND WILL I NEED A PRESCRIPTION?

Because it can take up to 14 days for protective antibodies to take full effect, you should receive your ViVAXIM® vaccination at least two weeks before exposure to hepatitis A and/or typhoid fever. It’s best to plan ahead and speak to your healthcare provider a few weeks before your scheduled departure.​

Your doctor can provide you with a prescription, and you can have ViVAXIM® administered at your local pharmacy. In some provinces (Alberta and BC), a prescription is not required to receive ViVAXIM® from your pharmacist. Alternatively, you may visit a travel clinic for both prescription and vaccine administration. Click here to find a clinic or pharmacy near you.

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ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Serious side effects are very rare. Mild side effects consist mainly of pain at the injection site, associated with redness and swelling. Some people may develop fever, headache, dizziness, weakness, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea. These usually go away within a few days. This listing of side effects is not complete. Your healthcare provider can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects that may occur after receiving ViVAXIM®.

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HOW ELSE CAN I HELP PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST HEPATITIS A AND TYPHOID FEVER?

Immunization is an important preventive measure against these diseases, but practicing good hygiene and being cautious about food and drink overseas can also help prevent infection. Click here to learn more.